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Get your work and life balance sorted with our 2-day guarantee

Balancing uni with the rest of your life can be a challenge.

USC gives you the option to condense your undergraduate classes into just two days a week, so you can easily plan your life around your study when you choose either the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours).

What is the two-day guarantee (2DG)? The 2DG guarantee is unique to USC psychology programs and allows you the option to condense your face-to-face learning into 2 days a week. That means that all of your lectures and tutorials will be scheduled across 2 days, which leaves the rest of the week free for independent study, assignment work, childcare responsibilities, paid work, etc. For students who don’t live locally, it also means that your transport time and costs will be significantly reduced!

Conditions of the two-day guarantee. There are a few conditions of the 2DG – the timetable is subject to successful full-time progression and electives chosen. It only applies to the first three years full-time study in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) programs at Sippy Downs campus and presumes no break in study or credit transfer. The 2DG was introduced in 2016 and will be progressively rolled out across year levels. First year is included in 2016 onwards; second year from 2017 onwards; and third year from 2018 onwards.

Understand why people think, feel and behave as they do

In our increasingly complex world people who can make sense of things are more and more in demand to help individuals, businesses, not for profit organisations and governments. Wake up to where your inquiring mind can take you and make a career out of finding answers.

With a Psychology Clinic on campus and registered clinical psychologists as lecturers, USC psychology graduates have a professional edge in the job market. Your skills in psychology and mental health training will be highly sought after in the health services industry.

Our graduates are often employed in the public health sector, private practice or community organisations. The A$2 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital is due to open at Kawana in 2016, creating a further 3500 jobs for allied health workers, doctors, nurses and other staff.


The academics in the USC Discipline of Psychology have extensive experience in the psychology sector and a strong interest in research. Research that is currently being undertaken through highly sought-after research grants awarded to USC include: healthy ageing, positive use of games in psychology, treatment of persistent pain, and trauma research.


In order to become a registered Psychologist you must complete:

  • 3 year APAC accredited undergraduate program
  • 1 year APAC accredited Honours or Graduate Diploma in Psychology
  • 2 year postgraduate program or combination of a 1 year postgraduate program PLUS 1 year internship
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